Johnny Dread, songwriter / singer, was born Juan Carlos Guardiola. During his school days he was an extraordinarily good basketball player. Basketball became his obsession and dreams as a child. He won numerous awards and earned a scholarship to Florida International University. Ironically, while at F.I.U., his transformation began, from being a jock to becoming what he truly is, a Rastafarian, Roots, Reggae singer; singing his praise to the most high, Haile Selassie I. Johnny met Anthony Booker, Bob Marley's younger brother. The two connected immediately and discovered they were born on the same day. Anthony played bass and Johnny drums. Anthony invited Johnny over to the Marley family house Moss Ranch, Florida, where Johnny was introduced to Bob Marley's mother, affectionately known as, Mother Booker. He and Anthony started talking about their musical futures. Shortly thereafter, Johnny brought his red, gold and green colored drum set over to the house, and found himself playing Bob Marley's music in Bob Marley's house with Bob Marley's mother and brother. His basketball skills started to suffer as he was making the transition from athlete to serious musician. One day, Anthony told Johnny that he needed a name, so he called him Johnny Dread. A Cuban Rastaman was born. Together they formed the band, Copacetic. The band reached #7 on the Billboard Reggae chart in 1990 with the album 'Ghetto Rock'. Personality conflicts within the group left Johnny Dread confused, disillusioned and meditative. Despite the band's success, a year later Johnny decided to start a solo career. He started to get closer and deeper into the Rasta community, where he learned many principles and precepts that serve as a foundation for his music today. He took a trip to Jamaica to go up into the lush Jamaican hills and converse with the Rasta elders. All the while his mind was acting like a sponge, taking-in everything that came to him. For Johnny, this way of life was what he was searching for. Johnny recorded and produced his first solo album, SCARECROW in Jamaica with Squidly Cole (drummer for Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers). Now he proclaims himself to be a son of His Majesty I only want to know the truth and the truth is Rastafari. If you seek Jah, he will reveal himself, but you have to seek first." Johnny's music, with its underlying Rasta message evolved quickly, but it took years of sacrifices, searching and personal struggle. There is a distinct philosophy behind Johnny's music, he considers himself to be a voice for the less fortunate in our society. He uses his music as a vehicle to sound the cry of the poor. VISION is the first chapter of the Book of Revelations. Sam's Family Records produced this new album in Miami with authentic and pure recording techniques. The album emanates all the experiences and learnings that Johnny gathered all those years. It is one of those timeless, classic, roots, rock, reggae album that you can listen to, over and over again. In total, there will be 7 chapters, so 6 more books to come. On a spiritual level, Johnny is in tuned to what he wants the world to be, a world of love, peace and unity for all mankind, and redemption for all people. He says, "The manifestation of the unity will come through the grace of The Almighty Father, yet, we as a people, all people, must take a stand for what is right." He is a man who does not watch TV or read the papers because, "I don't want to hear propaganda, I don't want to see TV anchormen telling me things about the world when I know the real story. I don't want to read imperialist propaganda, so I don't read the papers." One gets the feeling that he is deeply spiritual, and probably gets his message from the birds. The man is outspoken, yet very reserved and contemplative. Sit with him and he lapses into meditative trances, like he's having a conversation in his head with a higher being. Walk with him and you'll find him very friendly, as a person hardly walks by him without he recognizing their presence. Many people agree Johnny Dread is a revolutionary Rasta musician. Yet some say, his strength is as a great stage performer, and others counter, he is best in the studio. Whatever your opinions are on this man, it is truth when we say he is walking the line of a true Rastaman, as he practices what he sings, what he talks, and what he thinks.